Archive for the ‘Brain’ Category

Why learning longhand writing is important

August 23, 2007

A while ago I was talking with a friend. She has two children. She was telling me that she didn’t want her kids to learn longhand writing. She felt that the time could be spent more profitably learning other things. After all, who writes in longhand anymore?

I got to thinking about this. Here’s what I think.

Want to increase your IQ? Then learn new ways to manipulate your hands.

It has been discovered that a significant chunk of your brain corresponds to manipulating your hand. Every time you learn a new hand movement, you create new neural connections in your brain. Thus, you become smarter!

So, I think that children should learn to write longhand because longhand requires learning many sophisticated hand manipulations. And as we’ve just seen, perfecting new hand manipulations will yield new neural connections in the brain.

In other words, developing the skill of longhand writing makes kids smarter.

Walk your Blues Away

July 11, 2007

Recently I received a fabulous book called, Walking Your Blues Away, by Thom Hartmann.

As you know, the brain has two hemispheres. The left hemisphere controls the right side of your body. The right hemisphere controls the left side of your body. Walking is a rhythmic, alternating movement of the left and right sides of your body. Thus, there is a rhythmic, alternating movement between the left and right hemisphere. Psychologists call this “bilaterality”.

“Bilaterality is the ability to have the left and right hemispheres of the brain fully functional and communicating with each other. It represents an optimal way of functioning for the brain.”

The technique is to focus on a problem while walking. Soon the problem will loose its emotional impact on you. Thus, this is a simple practice of alternately stimulating the two hemispheres of the brain while thinking of a problem or issue.

Got a problem that’s bugging you? Walk it away!

Got a technical problem that you’re trying to solve? Engage the full mind on the problem by walking!

Some good quotes:

“Never trust a thought that didn’t come by walking.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”

— Thomas Jefferson